Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2023
The theme of AFFR 2023 is 'Contested Space'. The question posed is: What space is required to sustain the increasing global population? Who possesses the right to exploit the Earth's resources? Is the city a sanctuary for all, or solely for those who can afford it? What position is allocated to nature? Who is entitled to a safe haven as sea levels rise? The space shared among individuals is progressively becoming a source of conflict. This has led AFFR to curate this year's programme centred on the theme of Contested Space.
The foundation Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was founded in 2000. That year, the first architecture film festival was organized. It wasn't just the first in Rotterdam, but the first of its kind in the world. Full editions followed in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start and in 2009 the festival expanded considerably in both visitor numbers and breadth of programming.
An architecture film is broadly about the meaning of city and architecture. It portrays cities, buildings, and their designers; shows that architecture cannot be understood without its surroundings or explores the role the city plays in our daily lives. In which not infrequently architects and urban planners turn out to be powerless gods and their designs, once realized, acquire very different meanings and functions than anticipated.